Do you love the thrill of riding your motorcycle? Even so, safety should be your top priority. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are five times more likely to be injured and 26 times more likely to be killed in a crash than someone riding in an enclosed passenger vehicle. Consider some of the most common injuries in motorcycle accidents and what you should do after the crash.
Common Motorcycle Injuries
- Road rash is when the rider is thrown from the bike and skids along the asphalt. Painful cuts, skin irritation, and even permanent nerve damage can occur.
- Muscle damage includes sprained wrists and ankles, dislocated shoulders, pulled back muscles, and more.
- Biker’s arm occurs when the rider breaks their fall using their arms. This can cause cuts and bruises, broken bones, and nerve damage.
- Foot and leg injuries are common because these limbs often bear the brunt of a motorcycle accident. Scrapes, cuts, breaks, and blunt force trauma are all possible.
- Head injuries can occur even while wearing a helmet. The rider may sustain bumps, cuts, concussions, or traumatic brain injuries.
- Facial trauma ranges from lacerations to knocked-out teeth to a broken jaw.
- Spinal injuries from motorcycle accidents take many forms, including a bruised spine, slipped disc, or severed spinal cord.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder and other emotional traumas may stick with the rider for years following a distressing motorcycle crash.
Steps to Take After a Motorcycle Injury
- Assess yourself: Depending on the extent of your injuries, you may wake up in the hospital. However, if you are still on-site, check yourself for lacerations, road rash, broken bones, and other injuries. If you are severely hurt, seek immediate medical care. Otherwise, move on to the next step.
- Call the police: Getting a police report is always helpful for substantiating your injury claim. Just remember never to admit fault or say anything else incriminating.
- Gather evidence: Take pictures, exchange phone numbers and insurance information with other involved parties, and see if any eyewitnesses are willing to speak about what they saw.
- Call your insurance provider: It’s important to file a claim as soon as possible after the crash. Unfortunately, the unfair assumption that bikers are reckless simply because they ride a motorcycle can work against you when seeking payment from your insurance company.
- Speak to a motorcycle accident lawyer: If you suffer a serious injury, or your insurance provider is unwilling to compensate you, a lawyer can help you recover damages.
We encourage all motorcycle accident victims to get in touch with Taps & Associates. Our lawyers are ready to help you recover the compensation you deserve, whether from your tightfisted insurance company or the responsible driver. We give our personal attention to every case, drawing upon years of extensive experience to help you get every penny you are entitled to. Please contact us online or call 404-492-8746 today for a free case assessment.